FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending October 21, 2011

The following are some the top 10 FBI stories of this past week.  Also be aware of common fraud schemes listed on the FBI website.  They included telemarketing, letters from Nigeria, advance fee schemes, healthcare fraud, ponzi and pyramid schemes.  See tips for avoiding them here.  To report cases of fraud, use our online tips form or contact your nearest FBI office or overseas office.

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  1. Philadelphia: Two Indicted in Connection with ‘Jihad Jane’ Terrorism Conspiracy

    Ali Charaf Damache, an Algerian man who resided in Ireland, and Mohammad Hassan Khalid, a Pakistani citizen and U.S. lawful permanent resident who resided in Maryland, were charged in a superseding indictment with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Full Story

  2. Minneapolis: Two Women Convicted of Providing Material Support to al Shabaab

    Following a 10-day trial, Rochester, Minnesota residents Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, both naturalized U.S. citizens from Somalia, were found guilty of providing material support to al Shabaab, a designated terrorist organization. Full Story

  3. Headquarters: 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment Issued

    According to the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment released by the National Gang Intelligence Center, approximately 1.4 million gang members belonging to more than 33,000 gangs were criminally active in the U.S. as of April, 2011. Full Story

  4. Newark: Former Louis Berger Group Inc. CEO Charged in Fraudulent Billing Scheme for Iraq, Afghanistan Reconstruction Contracts

    The former president and CEO of New Jersey-based international engineering consulting company Louis Berger Group Inc. surrendered to the FBI to face a six-count indictment alleging he led a scheme to intentionally overbill the U.S. in connection with hundreds of millions of dollars in overseas reconstruction contracts over a nearly 20-year period. Full Story

  5. Indianapolis: Chinese National Pleads Guilty to Economic Espionage and Theft of Trade Secrets

    Kexue Huang, a Chinese national and a former resident of Carmel, Indiana, pled guilty to one count of economic espionage to benefit a foreign university tied to the People’s Republic of China and one count of theft of trade secrets. Full Story

  6. Washington Field: FDA Chemist Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading on Pharmaceutical Stocks

    A Food and Drug Administration chemist pled guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of making false statements related to a $3.7 million insider trading scheme. Full Story

  7. Phoenix: Man Sentenced for 1973 Murder of Tucson Woman

    William Floyd Zamastil, who is currently serving three life sentences for murders he committed in Wisconsin and California, received another life term for the 1973 rape and murder of Tucson resident Leesa Jo Shaner, who was the daughter of a former FBI agent. Full Story

  8. Kansas City: Two California Men Indicted for $8.5 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    Two California men were indicted for a mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded a failed Sugar Creek, Mo., bank of more than $8.5 million. Full Story

  9. Salt Lake City: Leader of Canyon County Meth Trafficking Organization Sentenced to Federal Prison

    Amanda Smith was sentenced for her leadership role in a methamphetamine trafficking organization that imported multiple pounds of 100 percent pure methamphetamine from Nevada to Idaho. The organization distributed to Norteno gang members throughout Canyon County. Full Story

  10. San Diego: San Diego Police Arrest Hells Angels Motorcycle Club Associate Charged in Federal Drug Conspiracy Investigation

    Mary Elizabeth Saber was arrested by San Diego Police detectives and was one of 34 defendants previously charged with violating federal drug charges. The charges stem from a two-year investigation conducted by the FBI’s Violent Crime Gang Task Force that focused on methamphetamine trafficking and violent crimes committed by the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, San Diego Charter, and its criminal partners. Full Story

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